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  1. Schaar, Gina L. DNP, RN
  2. Swenty, Constance F. DNP, RN, CWOCN
  3. Phillips, Lori A. DNP, RN, NP-C
  4. Embree, Jennifer L. DNP, RN, NE-BC, CCNS
  5. McCool, Isabella A. DNP, RN, NE-BC
  6. Shirey, Maria R. PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN


Practice-based acute care nurses experience a high incidence of burnout and dissatisfaction impacting retention and innovation and ultimately burdening the financial infrastructure of a hospital. Business, industry, and academia have successfully implemented professional sabbaticals to retain and revitalize valuable employees; however, the use is infrequent among acute care hospitals. This article expands upon the synthesis of evidence supporting nursing sabbaticals and suggests this option as a fiscally sound approach for nurses practicing in the acute care hospital setting. A cost-benefit analysis and human capital management strategies supporting nursing sabbaticals are identified.